Monday, April 29, 2013

Sunday Soup Night-tears in the kitchen

Tears in the kitchen and not because my I burnt the first batch of chocolate for my tart or because I cooked it a little too quickly in the oven and it had a soft crust on top. It was scruptious and decadent and make again delicious.

And not because my loaf of spelt bread turned out looking like a brick. It still tasted good and I'm not sure what happened overnight in the bread maker. It has made some great breadcrumbs.

 But because of this pot of trouble. A whole kilogram of onions chopped by me. I was in tears and no matter what anti-tear technique I try, I always cry. But for soup night, it was worth it.

'French' Onion Soup
60grams butter
1kg onions (I used half red and half brown), sliced
5 cloves garlic, crushed
a few sage leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 litre stock (beef is good because of the robust nature of the soup) 
Place butter, garlic, onions and sage in a large pot. Cook over a low heat stirring occasionally for 50 to 60 minutes. The onions will become soft and sweet but not coloured.
Increase the heat and stir through the brown sugar.
Pour in the stock and bring to the boil then simmer for 15 minutes.

It is simple to make but requires the slow cooking to get the onions just right. And tasty enough for even Hope a confirmed vegetable loather to eat willingly.

Well, that was our first Sunday soup night for 2013. Next Sunday I'm favouring the idea of a spicy carrot and lentil soup but there are a lot of days between now and then to be tempted by something else.


Liz Beavis said...

oh yum! And my spelt bread always comes out like that, so if you've found a way to make it rise better, please share!

Joolz said...

We normally have a proper Sunday night meal as Gus likes to cook but ironically, last night we had soup too!

We spent the afternoon in the back paddock by a camp fire and had a delicious lunch. We only packed up at 6.15 as My Kitchen Rules was soon to start otherwise we could have stayed.

I had frozen Minestrone soup and some bread rolls so that was dinner, by our gas log fire in the 'good room'. Quite lovely.

I have a recipe for spiced something and lentil soup so will look it up...

Love the look of your French Onion soup and croutons.

Cheers - Joolz

shez said...

oh i am the same Tracy and thankyou for sharing your recipe i will be trying this one for sure.xx

africanaussie said...

I love french onion soup, cut slicing those onions is a pain. My hubby reckons that freezing them for an hour helps. we also slice them outside to keep the lingering onion smell to a minimum!

Lisa said...

Oh, that chocolate thing! mmmm

Becky said...

YUMMY! We've been wanting to make Julia Child's recipe for French Onion Soup. Perhaps I will give it a try over the weekend before it gets too hot here to enjoy it.

Christy said...

I don't know why but French Onion Soup always makes me think Chez Paris, but is is not so hard to make.

All looks delicious, and your garden is so lovely.

Thank you for the lovely comment you left, that was so nice.


trishie said...

I actually like a bit of a crust on my chocolate tart...Mmm crispy and more interesting I think.

Tania @ Out Back said...

I no longer chop up onions for obvious reasons...instead I whiz them in the processor. That chops them nice and fine with not one tear.

That chocolate tart looks delicious to me!


Liz - Suburban Tomato said...

I wear swimming goggles if I have to do a large quantity - looks silly but works well.